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Draft of Two Poems from Dinghui Monastery

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Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) or Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Medium: ink on paper
Format: scroll

Calligrapher(s): Attributed to Su Shi (1037–1101)

Dimensions: 30 cm × 23.8 cm

This scroll is believed to preserve a poetry draft in the running script (xing shu) calligraphy of Su Shi (1037–1101) written during his second year at Huangzhou, in the third year (1080) of the Yuanfeng reign (1078–1085). The poems are “Chance Outing on a Moonlit Night while Residing at Dinghui Monastery” (Dinghui yuan yuju yueye ouchu) and “First Work of Matched Rhymes” (Ciyun qianpian). The writing on the scroll was traced and copied sometime during the Ming (1368–1644) or Qing dynasty (1644–1911) and preserves minute details, including corrections and remnant characters. The style is rather similar to Su’s calligraphy, so the draft has referential value for researching Su’s poetry drafts.

Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu

 

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